10 June

Eruption of Mt Tarawera

1886 Eruption of Mt Tarawera

The eruption lasted six hours and caused massive destruction. It destroyed several villages, along with the famous silica hot springs known as the Pink and White Terraces. Approximately 120 people, nearly all Māori, lost their lives. Read more...
First kindergartens

1889 First kindergartens

The first New Zealand kindergarten to educate children opened in Dunedin, and was based on ideas of the German educationalist Friedrich Froebel. Read more...
Death of Richard Seddon

1906 Death of Richard Seddon

Known as 'King Dick', Seddon had dominated New Zealand politics since the early 1890s. His Liberal government established the tradition of state-supported welfare in this country. Read more...